These Life-Size Gingerbread Houses Are Over-The-Top
Amid the trees and lights and elves this season is another stand-out decoration not to miss. Many hotels across the country painstakingly craft and create life-size gingerbread houses (or ships, or villages!) that wow guests and visitors. These impressive displays take hours of construction and (literally) tons of ingredients. The final result? A super-sweet creation for a festive family outing.

The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island | Amelia Island, FL

This holiday season, the World’s Largest Gingerbread Pirate Ship returns to the Lobby at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. This culinary masterpiece is made with over 600 pieces of gingerbread and adorned with sculpted pirates with colorful fondant clothing and a chocolate cannon and cannonballs. The "S.S. Amelia Gingerbread Pirate Ship," which undoubtedly makes the perfect backdrop for this year’s holiday photo, will be on display from the end of November until the end of December.

Great Wolf Lodge | Grapevine, Texas & Fitchurg, Massachusetts

Walk in a winter wonderland at Great Wolf Lodge, North America’s largest family of indoor waterpark resorts with 18 locations across North America, where families can soak up the holiday spirit, splash in the 84-degree indoor water park and enjoy the most magical gift of all: time together. At two of the properties in the portfolio—Great Wolf Lodge Grapevine and Great Wolf Lodge New England—the Grand Lobby turns into a snowy display with a life-sized gingerbread house constructed from more than 600 pounds of gingerbread dough, 1,300 pounds of sugar and hundreds of candies. For a truly delectable experience, guests can also dine in the life-sized gingerbread house with a small donation to the Ronald McDonald House.

Rancho Bernardo Inn | San Diego, CA

Located in North County San Diego, Rancho Bernardo Inn is full of Christmas cheer, and there's never a dull moment during the holidays! Throughout December guests and locals can enjoy plenty of holiday decor and programming throughout the Inn including a life-size gingerbread house constructed in the lobby, housemade by Pastry Chef Margaret Carvallo! This year the gingerbread house will be complete by Monday, December 9th.

Omni Grove Park Inn | Asheville, NC

Sugar, spice and everything nice are at the heart of Omni Grove Park Inn’s National Gingerbread House Competition in Asheville. The 27th Annual National Gingerbread House Competition™ will be held on Monday, November 18, 2019 with an Awards Ceremony in the Grand Ballroom. This Awards Ceremony is open to competitors and family members only. The winning creations will be on display from Wednesday, November 20, 2019 to January 4, 2020. Guests and locals alike are invited to admire the edible architecture with some of the most delectable houses on the market.

Willard InterContinental | Washington, D.C.

Every year, the Willard’s pastry department work to create a gingerbread display that pays tribute to an iconic landmark around the nation’s capital. This year's gingerbread structure is currently underway and will be unveiled on November 20, 2019.

The St. Regis New York |  New York, NY

St. Regis New York will host a series of gingerbread workshops throughout December. Save the date for December 14, 15, 21 and 22nd. The third annual event will feature an elegant tea service with kid-friendly offerings served alongside homemade hot chocolate and warm apple cider, while attendees decorate gingerbread masterpieces. Event time is from 1-3pm and tickets start at $85pp.

The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa  | Savannah, Georgia

The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa and the Savannah Harbor Foundation kick off the holiday season with the 19th Annual GingerbreadVillage Opening November 27th. Locals and guests alike are invited to visit this spectacular display which is featured in the resort lobby through late December.  Thanksgiving Brunch, the Boat Parade of lights on November 30 and the Holiday Equinox Concert on December 15 are just a few of the amazing events in the Savannah Harbor Holiday Series.

The Grand America Hotel | Salt Lake City, Utah

The Grand America Hotel located in Salt Lake City is grand in every way, and celebrating the holiday season is no exception. The Grand America’s life-size Gingerbread House has been a longstanding tradition for guests who visit the hotel during the holiday season. The Grand Gingerbread House is a dazzling, unparalleled candy-covered masterpiece that has become a must-see attraction for guests from near and far. The Holiday Window stroll at The Grand showcases unique, whimsical displays located in retail windows. Each hand-crafted window display captures the imagination and the joy of the holiday season. Attendees will receive a map to guide their explorations and a special seasonal cookie. On Christmas Day, the hotel offers Santa’s Magic Morning where guests can spend their day enjoying delectable foods and sweets with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Come explore The Grand Hotel and get a taste of this magical holiday tradition.

Another way to celebrate the holidays? Take a ride on a Christmas-y train.